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PVR Meeting December 15, 2020

Pine Valley Repeater 

Richland County ARES/RACES

Monthly Meeting 12-15-2020

Virtually via Zoom

Members present:  kc9cmd Chris Vice President, KB9LBO Ralph Treasurer, W1MOZ David, KC9GPD Glen, Ralph Ray, KC9MRW Neil, KA9USV Les, KC9MLE Matt

Meeting called to order about 7:15pm by KC9CMD Chris Vice President

Treasurer Report: WCCU Checking Account: $1,789.91

$10.00 Check was written to Brent W9CFV as he paid the club incorporation fee to the state.

January Net control: KC9LBO Ralph

December 31st New Years Eve:  9pm net: KC9CMD  12:00 Midnight: KC9CMD

2021 Events:  Ideas can be submitted but will be on hold till the spring and see what or how every thing is doing with the virus.

ARES/RACES ID’s are do to expire:  Chris & Adam will be sending out a form for ARES/RACES compliant operators to fill out and return along with a shoulder up (head shot) for the new IDS. If you’re not sure you are ARES/RACES Compliant get ahold of Chris KC9CMD or Adam KC9MRV.

Fundraisers:  Culver’s share night was discussed along with the possibility of getting a grant.   Any other Ideas are always welcome.

Club Dues. Dues are due by the end of January and can be sent to the PVR Treasure Ralph KC9LBO @ S6509 County Road J Viroqua Wi. 54665

D Star Repeater project:  Mike WB9SLI gave a short presentation on the D Star project how it came about and were it is at, at this point, and how it is set to proceed.

Next meeting will be on Tuesday January 19 7:00pm on Zoom with the Zoom Room opening around 6:00 pm for testing equipment and or socializing.

Meeting was adjourned about 7:58pm Les made motion Ralph Seconded motion carried. Submitted by: Chris KC9CMD VP

PVR Meeting April 21, 2020

Pine Valley Amateur Radio Club
Meeting Minutes March 21, 2020

Call to Order: at 7:05 pm on the 146.910 repeater
Sign In: Members:
Chris kanable KC9CMD, Dick Neumann W9JR, Ralph Hendrickson KC9LBO,
Neil KC9MRW, Daina KC9KOQ, Glen KC9GPD (via Echolink)

Meeting Exercise: We held a drill simulating the current Pandemic.
we used our 146.910 repeater with members simulating being activated and sent to the following locations

Emergency Operations center: Chris KC9CMD Net contole
Richland Hospital: Ralph KC9LBO
Richland Center High School (Shelter#1): Neil KC9MRW
Rover: Glen KC9GPD
HF Radio: Dick W9JR

The exercise lasted about 45 minutes and we passed a few messages using the ICS Incident Command System 213 Message form.
Most everyone had to either send a message or to reply to a message using the ICS 213 format.
Over all the drill went as planed. We did however learn a few things that we needed to brush up on or even practice using more. One Item was tactical call signs. Another was being sure you have all the tools needed for being a net control, as you never know when you may need to be one and not have access to the EOC Communications room or to your regular net papers and forms. It was also talked about doing another drill in another few months.
Thanks to all who participated in the Exercise. It was a good time to bush up on our communication skills.

The meeting exercise raped up about 7:45pm.

Meeting Minutes:
Submitted by Chris kanable KC9CMD

PVR 1 Day Technician Class

The Pine Valley Repeater ARC. will be hosting a 1 day technician class.
Saturday June 6th, from 8:45a.m.-5:00p.m. in Richland Center
at the Courthouse lower level conference room.
For more information & to registrar please contact

Ralph Hendrickson KC9LBO @

Please Register as soon as possible so materials can be ordered for pre class studying

Click here to see 1 Day Technician Class Poster

See what Amateur Radio is all about with this short video

PVR at the 2019 Richland County Fair

The Pine Valley Repeaters ARC Richland County ARES/RACES were one again in attendance at the Richland County Fair. We set up our trailer and were on hand to introduce fair goers all about Amateur Radio. We also were watching the weather encase any storm arose. Along with that we were a contact point for fair goers needing help with anything like directions to event or what time events started. We also helped the EMTs out by being a contact point for people needing any type of medical assistance. Another area we helped in was with the Richland County Sheriffs Department with their booth and talking about public safety. All and all the fair was a good time. Here are some photos from the fair.

Richland County Fair Fairest of the fair runner up Page Carter learning about Amateur Radio.

KC9CMD Chris Kanable working at the PVR booth

Retreat Wisconsin’s 100th Worlds Fair

Click Here For QSL Information

The W9PVR Amateur Radio Club will be helping Retreat, WI celebrate their
100th Retreat “World’s Fair” on Saturday September 28, 2019.
Retreat is a small community (population–50?) in southwestern Wisconsin. Retreat used to boast a general store, cheese factory, and feed store. Today, Retreat is best known for the Retreat Sportsman’s Club and Prairie View Elementary School. The school is part of the DeSoto Area Schools and has been recognized as one of the best elementary schools in Wisconsin. The “World’s Fair” includes a truck and tractor pull, horse show, chicken-q,dance, and the famous two-way parade. The parade goes through the community, turns around and comes back a second time.

PVR will be hold a special event station under the call W9R.
We will be on 20 and 40 meters. with voice, CW, PSK31, & FT8.

To receive QSL card, please send SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to
Ralph Hendrickson, S6509 Cty Rd J, Viroqua, WI 54665.
To receive pdf certificate by email, please send
QSO information to”>,/i>

The day started out cool, but warmed up some as the sun came up.
KC9CMD Chris kanable, KC9LBO Ralph Hendrickson, & W9JR Dick Neumann were all present for the special event. Dick worked CW but band conditions weren’t the best. Ralph and I both worked SSB on 40 & 20 meters with little luck as band conditions weren’t the best there either. We also worked FT8 on 20 and 40 meters, with somewhat better luck. We had a few visitors to our stations. The view of other events wasn’t bad either, with us being positioned not to far from the end of the twin pulling tracks.

Photos from Retreat

our post for tying off the 20 & 40 Meter long wire antennas

Flying the USA Flag high while tying off the other end of the long wire antennas.

Another Antenna mast off of the back of Ralph’s camper

Ralph’s 40 meter low to the ground antenna. that’s vary portable

Our set up outside of Ralph’s camper with the FT8 Station on the right & the SSB Station on the left, with Ralph working a contact on FT8.

Dick working CW from the PVR Communications Trailer

Ralph Checking in with Dick on how CW is going.

Field Day 2018

A new venue for the 2018 PVR Field Day. We were located at Victora Riverside Park/Campground in Muscoda.  This venue had lots of trees and space for us to set up, and yes we were able to use the trees for antennas.

to see were we were located just click this link PVR Field Day Site

PVR Trailer Ready to rock an role with lots of contacts.

The trailer operating station with HF, CW, 2METERS & 440

Brent W9CFV Working 40 METERS HF

Chris KC9CMD Working a few stations on 40 METERS as well

Ralph KC9LBO & Keith KC9ZZW Discussing What band to work next.

Ralph KC9LBO Working at his Camper Station on 20 Meters.

Raph’s Camper and antenna were many contacts were made

Brent W9CFV & Ralph KC9LBO discussing what bands were open and what weren’t

Thanks to all who participated. It was a great weekend with fun and excitement.

All ready looking forward to the next great PVR event.

National Weather Servic2016 NWS La Crosse SKYWARN Amateur Radio Recognition Event

SKYWARN Amateur Radio Recognition Day 2016 was held on Saturday, December 3rd – a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the contributions amateur radio operators provide to the National Weather Service (NWS). SKYWARN Recognition Day began in 1999 as a ‘Y2K’ exercise but has continued since.

A total of 26 people visited our office on a cool, cloudy day with snow flurries around. Several operators made contacts with people around the U.S. (and World!), sharing contact and current weather information.  There were three (3) radios and antennas operating for much of the day.

Here is a summary:

  • Total contacts made: 200
  • Total U.S. States contacted: 39
  • Total NWS offices contacted: 33
  • Total International countries contacted: 3

Making local contacts on NWS service area local repeaters
Making local contacts on NWS service area local repeaters

Camaraderie abounded
Camaraderie abounded






Myself (KC9CMD) working with ECHO Link & IRLP
Myself (KC9CMD) working with ECHO Link & IRLP


Map of Contacts made
Map of Contacts made in Yellow

May Amateurs working hard but having fun making contacts
May Amateurs working hard but having fun making contacts